James Lavelle's Meltdown

Musical and artistic innovator James Lavelle curate the 21st Meltdown in 2014, following in the footsteps of some of music’s biggest names, including David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith and Jarvis Cocker.

Combining creative entrepreneurship with a radical artistic approach, James’ genre-defying portfolio spans music, art, fashion, design and film, and as part of his groundbreaking work with UNKLE, boasts acclaimed musical collaborations with the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Nick Cave and Thom Yorke.

Collaboration, innovation and a spirit of non-conformism are central to his approach. James worked with young people to curate the programme, meaning that this very special Meltdown in line with his commitment to mobilising the next generation to become the inventors of their own culture.

Mo’Wax inspires a new generation

Both Meltdown and James Lavelle’s iconic label Mo’Wax turned 21 in 2014,  and as part of the festival, Mo’Wax21: Urban Archaeology, an interactive exhibition devised with Southbank Centre as part of the festival, celebrated the creative output of the label James launched as a teenager.

Doug Foster's installation No Beginning, No End in the Clore Ballroom, featured five cyclical artworks and UNKLE's The Heretics' Gate soundtrack. 

Unforgettable versions of Judy Garland’s classic song
The complexities of transferring a tragedy from the social media age to the stage
Explore magical storytelling, music, performances, workshops, poetry and more
The choreographer introduces her new show in this video
Just some of the highlights of the year ahead, as chosen by our senior programmers
See which of the festival’s three performances are coming to our Purcell Room
Revisit some of our favourite interviews from the past year with names from the worlds of literature and dance
Meet the people behind this five star children’s show
Join us in the run up to Christmas for a great evening out
The much-loved comedian and actor looks back at his remarkable career
Take a look at the new trailer for this family favourite
Cardboard Citizens’ Beyoncé Meikle introduces their interactive theatre piece
Akala, Femi Kuti, Denise Lewis and more help us celebrate everything Africa
Ann Liebeck on how Havana and cabaret thrived on the eve of the Cuban revolution
Listen to the evolution of music from rhythm and blues to hip hop
Hear from Jean-Paul Gaultier ahead of his Fashion Freak Show
Read a short interview with the choreographer of ZooNation’s Tales of the Turntable
It's set to get lively on our Riverside Terrace across July and August

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American garage punk band Radkey performing at James Lavelle's Meltdown, Southbank Centre 2014
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